After the brief respite of MY AMAZING PROSE we are back to Hamilton. Thankfully, the chapter is short.
Anita is invited to sit on Marcus’s platform. He holds hands with Raina but Anita doesn’t think it’s a gesture of affection. Remember, if you too would like to be Anita Blake, you have to show suspicion of everything that might be construed as being caused by feel-ings.
A woman came through the door. Short blond hair –
UH OH IT’S A BLONDE WOMAN. BEWARE!
styled and held in place with gel. Her business skirt suit was red with pinkish undertones, like a rose petal. Her white blouse had one of those blousy ties that made the suit seem feminine, and a little silly.
Yeah, you just got judged by the woman who thinks a novelty Christmas jumper is suitable business attire. Blonde werewolf lady is called Christine and she’s just the first, as the room starts to fill with werewolves. Rafael, the were-rat king, turns up and he’s described as looking ‘sensuous’ because he’s latina. There are two big guys who are rather generic and complain about a human woman being here to help them. There are too many ‘kings’ in the room and as they square up to each other, Anita takes the chance to pull out her gun and run away.
I have no idea why she does this.
Alfred the body guard follows her, as per his job, and puts her in a choke hold. I approve. Christine notices instantly and tells Marcus that Anita’s challenging his authority and he ought to kill her, or risk losing pack leadership. Marcus is more concerned with how his bodyguard managed to miss that Anita was packing.
Instead of just handing over her gun and avoiding all this, Anita points her gun at Alfred and threatens to kill him. Yes, threatening to kill people has worked so well as a tactic before now. Marcus reminds her that there was a promise not to bring any weapons, and if she runs around threatening to shoot people he will have to remind her of his authoritah.
Anita threatens to shoot Marcus too.
Anita Blake is, single handedly, one of the single most stupid characters in any book series I have read. Nothing she does makes any kind of logical sense. She’s like the active version of Bella Swan – unable to think things through or behave intelligently or have any sort of personality.
Alfred advances on her. Anita shoots him in the heart, killing him instantly.
“You didn’t have to kill him,” [Marcus] said, softly.
“You gave me no choice,” I said.
Look, this whole situation might be shitty but there was absolutely no reason to kill Alfred. No one threatened you. They are asking you for help. You pull out a gun – which you said you would give up/not bring – and kill one of them.
“For future reference, so there will never be another misunderstanding between us, Marcus. I never bluff.”
“So you said.”
“But you didn’t believe me.”
He watched the blood spread across the floor. “I believe you now.”
You murdered someone to prove a point?
I’m now taking bets that this incident will not be spoken of or mentioned again, as Anita will not display any remorse for shooting a guy in cold blood just to prove a stupid point.
Plus, it’s been a hundred pages and the plot has yet to make an appearance.